…into believing that carbs are the reason so many people are struggling with excess body fat.
We are told to reduce carbs and increase fats if we want to lose weight.
Almost all of the fat you see on your body comes from the fats you eat.
Your body doesn’t even change or convert the fat you eat before it gets stored as body fat.
Eat a lot of saturated fat?
Saturated fat is what will get stored on your body.
Use a bunch of vegetable oil?
Your body fat will contain that same type of fat.
Where does the body store carbs?
Excess carbs get stored in your muscles as glycogen.
The only time your body attempts to convert carbs into fat is when your muscles are 100% full of glycogen.
Your muscles rarely reach this point.
The average person can store up to 1,500–2,000 calories of glycogen. It takes sustained extreme overfeeding of carbs before your body begins the process of converting carbs to fat.
Low carb high fat advocates like to point out that carbs raise insulin.
This does cause the excess fat you eat to get stored as fat.
It is the fat you eat that gets stored as body fat, NOT the carbs.
Somewhere along the way, we forgot this simple fact.
…and I’m as guilty as anyone.
This is a good time for a quick introduction.
My background includes being a fitness advisor to runway models… men and women who need to add definition while staying slim enough to fit into stylish clothing.
Bulky fashion models get sent home.
I’ve also been a full-time fitness writer for the past 10 years and teach the “definition without excess size” training methods in my Visual Impact Fitness courses.
All of my programs in the past have been workout routines, with just a few dietary guidelines.
I never wanted to create a pure diet course.
This past spring I was FORCED to change my mind.
Here’s how it all happened.
Rewind the clock back about 8 years.
I am running a wildly popular fitness blog and an Olympic Strength & Conditioning Coach who lives in Iceland begins providing great tips in the comment section.
His name is Mark Kislich.
Before I met Mark he had lost close to 100 pounds.
He isn’t genetically gifted.
Although he has helped numerous Olympic and professional athletes reach peak condition…
Staying lean was a struggle most of his life.
We quickly became friends…
…but after a couple of years, we lost touch.
He went back to training athletes who compete at the highest level and spent less time online.
He went off the grid for a few years.
Mark is in his mid-40’s.
I’m slightly older, but it’s rare to see anyone over 40 close to this level of conditioning.
“Dude! Are you getting ready for a contest or something? You look like you are at about 5% body fat. WHAT have you been doing?”
He told me the key was a special high carb diet he was following.
…and from lowering dietary fat to 8–10% of daily calories.
He has been this lean for the past 5 years by following this approach.
After hearing this, I wanted to kick myself.
We know that carbs rarely get converted and stored as body fat.
…and that your body fat is mainly made up of the fat that you eat.
10 years ago I KNEW this was an extremely effective way to get and stay lean.
In 2007, there weren’t many Paleo blogs.
By 2008, they were popping up like crazy.
I became friends with some of the very first Paleo bloggers.
I didn’t fully adopt a Paleo approach but was definitely influenced by a lot of the stuff they taught.
Around 2010 some of these Paleo bloggers specialized and focused on the ketogenic diet.
…but the keto diet became a huge movement.
It took about 5 years for the ketogenic diet to reach critical mass.
These past 2 years the keto approach has EXPLODED.
The ketogenic diet is to the point where relatives who aren’t even into fitness will ask you about it.
“Rusty, have you heard of the keto diet? Supposedly you can get lean eating bacon and butter. Also… Kelly Ripa says that rice is now bad for you.”
If you are into fitness you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.